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Yudichak and Mullery Call for Public Hearings on State Prison Closure Plan

NANTICOKE, January 10, 2017 − State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Gerald Mullery met with SCI-Retreat corrections officers at an informational meeting hosted by the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officer Association (PSCOA).  The... » Read More

Fontana Writes Letter Objecting to Possible SCI-Pittsburgh Closing

Brookline – January 9, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today sent a letter to state Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel and Gov. Tom Wolf objecting to the possible closure of the state prison in Pittsburgh. Citing a state budget shortfall, the state... » Read More

State Senator John Yudichak and Representative Gerald Mullery Call for Public Hearings on State Prison Closure Plan

NANTICOKE, January 9, 2016 — State Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Gerald Mullery reiterated their opposition to the potential closure of the State Correctional Institute at Retreat.  On a conference call Monday morning with the Department of Corrections,... » Read More

Senator John Yudichak Opposes Premature Prison Closure Plan

NANTICOKE – January 6, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak, (D-Luzerne/Carbon), strongly condemned a proposal made today by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to close two state correctional facilities and displace over one thousand state workers. Five state... » Read More

Blake Vows to Fight Potential Closure of SCI Waymart

SCRANTON, January 6, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections of the potential closure of two state prisons – including SCI... » Read More

Fontana Issues Statement on Potential Prison Closures

Harrisburg – January 6, 2017 − Following the governor’s announcement today that he is considering closing the state Correctional Institute in Pittsburgh by June, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) released the following statement. “Decisions of this... » Read More

Williams Introduces Legislation to Bar State Assistance to White Nationalists Groups

Harrisburg – January 5, 2017 – In an effort to bar white nationalist groups from gaining tax advantages or financial assistance from the state, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) said today that he was authoring legislation to prohibit hate groups... » Read More

RACP Grant Applications Period Opens

Harrisburg – January 4, 2017 – Applications for grants available through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) are now being accepted through Feb. 3, state Senator Jay Costa announced. RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the... » Read More

Sabatina Appointed Democratic Chairman of Senate Transportation Committee

PHILADELPHIA, January 3, 2017 — State Sen. John Sabatina, who was sworn in to serve his first full term in the Pennsylvania Senate today, has been appointed to serve as Democratic chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. The Senate... » Read More

Brewster Begins Another Term in Senate

Harrisburg – January 3, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) was sworn in today for another term in the state Senate serving citizens in portions of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. » Read More

Senate Democrats Announce Committee Chairmanships for 2017-18 Legislative Session

Harrisburg, December 29, 2016 − Senate Democrats today announced committee chairmanships for the upcoming 2017-18 legislative session, set to begin on Jan. 3, 2017. “Our Senate Democratic committee chairs have the breadth and depth of experience, expertise and... » Read More

Schwank to Chair Public Health & Welfare, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committees

Reading, December 29, 2016 −  Sen. Judy Schwank will serve as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee, as well as continue her post as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, Sen. Jay Costa... » Read More

Sen. Williams and Friends Host “Day Of Giving”

Philadelphia – December 23, 2016 – On Dec. 20, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) embarked on a two-day effort called the “Day of Giving” to deliver fresh made holiday meals to firefighters at fire stations throughout his district in addition... » Read More

Tartaglione: Contract Awarded to Improve Traffic Flow on Allegheny Avenue

Harrisburg – December 22, 2016 – A $6.3 million contract to improve traffic flow on a section of Allegheny Avenue between Ridge Avenue and Tulip Street in Philadelphia has been awarded by the state Department of Transportation, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione... » Read More

Senator Vincent Hughes Announces $125,000 in State Grants to Address Lead Crisis in Philadelphia

Philadelphia – December 22, 2016 – Senators Vincent Hughes today announced two grants totaling $125,000 to combat lead poising in Philadelphia. The grants come from state funded programs earmarked for job training and community revitalization. Senator Hughes also... » Read More

Sabatina Joins Governor to Unveil $300M Investment in Phila. Port

PHILADELPHIA, December 21, 2016 – State Sen. John Sabatina joined Gov. Tom Wolf, as well as other state and local officials, along the Delaware River today to unveil $300 million in investments in the Port of Philadelphia, which will result in an estimated 7,000... » Read More

Costa:  Application Process for Medical Marijuana Organizations Set to Open in Early 2017

Harrisburg – December 21, 2016 – New details regarding the availability of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania were released by the Wolf administration today marking the first major step in the legalization process since the landmark legislation (Act 16) was signed into... » Read More

Street Announces $1.3 Million in State Funding for Local Transportation Improvement Projects

PHILADELPHIA, December 16, 2016 —  Two local transportation improvement projects have been awarded $1.3 million in state funding, according to state Senator-elect Sharif Street The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority was awarded a $1.2 million state grant for the Logan... » Read More

Sen. Boscola Announces $757,000 in State Grants for Local Projects

BETHLEHEM – December 15, 2016 –Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced a total of $757,000 in state grant funds for conservation/recreational projects in Lehigh and Northampton counties. “I am pleased to see these state dollars supplementing local community and recreational... » Read More

Transit Worker Protection Now!  General Assembly Dawdles, Workers Assaulted

Op-ed by Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione - For transit workers, the news hasn’t changed much and it certainly hasn’t gotten better.  It’s the same story, year after year: “SEPTA bus driver taken to hospital after men throw liquid on her,” “Man charged with assault in punching, beating of SEPTA bus driver,” “Bus driver shooting sparks calls for safety.” » Read More